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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Color  \Col"or\,  n.  [Written  also  {colour}.]  [OF.  color,  colur, 
  colour,  F.  couleur,  L.  color;  prob.  akin  to  celare  to  conceal 
  (the  color  taken  as  that  which  covers).  See  {Helmet}.] 
  1.  A  property  depending  on  the  relations  of  light  to  the  eye, 
  by  which  individual  and  specific  differences  in  the  hues 
  and  tints  of  objects  are  apprehended  in  vision;  as  gay 
  colors;  sad  colors,  etc 
 
  Note:  The  sensation  of  color  depends  upon  a  peculiar  function 
  of  the  retina  or  optic  nerve,  in  consequence  of  which 
  rays  of  light  produce  different  effects  according  to 
  the  length  of  their  waves  or  undulations,  waves  of  a 
  certain  length  producing  the  sensation  of  red,  shorter 
  waves  green,  and  those  still  shorter  blue,  etc  White, 
  or  ordinary,  light  consists  of  waves  of  various  lengths 
  so  blended  as  to  produce  no  effect  of  color,  and  the 
  color  of  objects  depends  upon  their  power  to  absorb  or 
  reflect  a  greater  or  less  proportion  of  the  rays  which 
  fall  upon  them 
 
  2.  Any  hue  distinguished  from  white  or  black. 
 
  3.  The  hue  or  color  characteristic  of  good  health  and 
  spirits;  ruddy  complexion. 
 
  Give  color  to  my  pale  cheek.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  That  which  is  used  to  give  color;  a  paint;  a  pigment;  as 
  oil  colors  or  water  colors. 
 
  5.  That  which  covers  or  hides  the  real  character  of  anything 
  semblance;  excuse;  disguise;  appearance. 
 
  They  had  let  down  the  boat  into  the  sea,  under  color 
  as  though  they  would  have  cast  anchors  out  of  the 
  foreship.  --Acts  xxvii. 
  30. 
 
  That  he  should  die  is  worthy  policy;  But  yet  we  want 
  a  color  for  his  death.  --Shak. 
 
  6.  Shade  or  variety  of  character;  kind  species. 
 
  Boys  and  women  are  for  the  most  part  cattle  of  this 
  color.  --Shak. 
 
  7.  A  distinguishing  badge,  as  a  flag  or  similar  symbol 
  (usually  in  the  plural);  as  the  colors  or  color  of  a  ship 
  or  regiment;  the  colors  of  a  race  horse  (that  is  of  the 
  cap  and  jacket  worn  by  the  jockey). 
 
  In  the  United  States  each  regiment  of  infantry  and 
  artillery  has  two  colors,  one  national  and  one 
  regimental.  --Farrow. 
 
  8.  (Law)  An  apparent  right  as  where  the  defendant  in 
  trespass  gave  to  the  plaintiff  an  appearance  of  title,  by 
  stating  his  title  specially,  thus  removing  the  cause  from 
  the  jury  to  the  court.  --Blackstone. 
 
  Note:  Color  is  express  when  it  is  averred  in  the  pleading, 
  and  implied  when  it  is  implied  in  the  pleading. 
 
  {Body  color}.  See  under  {Body}. 
 
  {Color  blindness},  total  or  partial  inability  to  distinguish 
  or  recognize  colors.  See  {Daltonism}. 
 
  {Complementary  color},  one  of  two  colors  so  related  to  each 
  other  that  when  blended  together  they  produce  white  light; 
  --  so  called  because  each  color  makes  up  to  the  other  what 
  it  lacks  to  make  it  white.  Artificial  or  pigment  colors, 
  when  mixed,  produce  effects  differing  from  those  of  the 
  primary  colors,  in  consequence  of  partial  absorption. 
 
  {Of  color}  (as  persons,  races,  etc.),  not  of  the  white  race; 
  --  commonly  meaning,  esp.  in  the  United  States,  of  negro 
  blood,  pure  or  mixed. 
 
  {Primary  colors},  those  developed  from  the  solar  beam  by  the 
  prism,  viz.,  red,  orange,  yellow,  green,  blue,  indigo,  and 
  violet,  which  are  reduced  by  some  authors  to  three  -- 
  red,  green,  and  violet-blue.  These  three  are  sometimes 
  called  {fundamental  colors}. 
 
  {Subjective}  or  {Accidental  color},  a  false  or  spurious  color 
  seen  in  some  instances,  owing  to  the  persistence  of  the 
  luminous  impression  upon  the  retina,  and  a  gradual  change 
  of  its  character,  as  where  a  wheel  perfectly  white,  and 
  with  a  circumference  regularly  subdivided,  is  made  to 
  revolve  rapidly  over  a  dark  object,  the  teeth  of  the  wheel 
  appear  to  the  eye  of  different  shades  of  color  varying 
  with  the  rapidity  of  rotation.  See  {Accidental  colors}, 
  under  {Accidental}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Color  \Col"or\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Colored};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Coloring}.]  [F.  colorer.] 
  1.  To  change  or  alter  the  hue  or  tint  of  by  dyeing, 
  staining,  painting,  etc.;  to  dye;  to  tinge;  to  paint;  to 
  stain. 
 
  The  rays,  to  speak  properly,  are  not  colored;  in 
  them  there  is  nothing  else  than  a  certain  power  and 
  disposition  to  stir  up  a  sensation  of  this  or  that 
  color.  --Sir  I. 
  Newton. 
 
  2.  To  change  or  alter,  as  if  by  dyeing  or  painting;  to  give  a 
  false  appearance  to  usually,  to  give  a  specious 
  appearance  to  to  cause  to  appear  attractive;  to  make 
  plausible;  to  palliate  or  excuse;  as  the  facts  were 
  colored  by  his  prejudices. 
 
  He  colors  the  falsehood  of  [AE]neas  by  an  express 
  command  from  Jupiter  to  forsake  the  queen.  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  hide.  [Obs.] 
 
  That  by  his  fellowship  he  color  might  Both  his 
  estate  and  love  from  skill  of  any  wight.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Color  \Col"or\,  v.  i. 
  To  acquire  color;  to  turn  red,  especially  in  the  face;  to 
  blush. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  color 
  adj  :  (photography)  "color  film";  "he  rented  a  color  television"; 
  "in  glorious  color";  "marvelous  color  illustrations" 
  [syn:  {colour}]  [ant:  {black-and-white}] 
  n  1:  a  visual  attribute  of  things  that  results  from  the  light 
  they  emit  or  transmit  or  reflect;  "white  is  the  coolest 
  summer  color"  [syn:  {colour},  {coloring},  {colouring}] 
  [ant:  {colorlessness}] 
  2:  interest  and  variety  and  intensity:  "the  Puritan  Period  was 
  lacking  in  color"  [syn:  {colour},  {vividness}] 
  3:  the  timbre  of  a  musical  sound;  "the  recording  fails  to 
  capture  the  true  color  of  the  original  music"  [syn:  {colour}] 
  4:  a  race  with  skin  pigmentation  different  from  the  white  race 
  (especially  Blacks)  [syn:  {colour},  {people  of  color},  {people 
  of  colour}] 
  5:  outward  or  token  appearance  or  form  "he  tried  to  give  his 
  actions  a  semblance  of  authenticity";  "the  situation  soon 
  took  on  a  different  color"  [syn:  {semblance},  {colour}] 
  v  1:  add  color  to  "The  child  colored  the  drawings";  "Fall 
  colored  the  trees"  [ant:  {discolor}] 
  2:  distort;  "My  personal  feelings  color  my  judgment  in  this 
  case"  [syn:  {distort}] 
  3:  modify  or  bias;  "His  political  ideas  color  his  lectures" 
  4:  decorate  with  colors  [syn:  {colour},  {emblazon}] 
  5:  add  color  to  [syn:  {colour},  {color  in},  {colour  in}] 
  6:  gloss  or  excuse;  "color  a  lie"  [syn:  {gloss}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  color 
 
    American  spelling  of  {colour}. 
 
  (1996-12-13) 
 
 




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